Consequences for practical life
Is it useful for us to know something about the afterlife and life after death? No, we can not buy anything directly. We normally can not communicate with the hereafter and the living beings there, can not look beyond our deaths. We live in this worldly “here and now” with the corresponding conditions and constraints. But there are many other aspects. Those who personally had such a near-death experience were usually deeply affected. They have experienced a love and security which reach down to the deepest roots of the soul and which we can not imagine here in this world. It gave them courage and meaning in life.
But part of this experience can also be given to other people we have not had a near-death experience, in which we engage with the experiences of others and by reading about the love they have experienced. Kenneth Ring speaks of a “benign virus” that seizes all who are seriously concerned and open to it (K. Ring “In the Face of the Light”).
As social beings, most people define their self-esteem over recognition by other people, be it friends, family members or colleagues. If you do not get this recognition, the self-esteem automatically decreases. The near-death experience gives rise to a new kind of self-esteem, being loved by unconditional ones. People are important because we are all connected, not because they need to support our self-confidence. We are worth something, worth a lot, just because we are beings with an immortal soul. Since this soul is immortal, no one can take that value from us.
meaning of life
In the monistic-materialistic view many define the meaning of their life from the visible successes in family (number of children, own house?), Occupation (career, social position), in a hobby (how many mountains have you forced, how many marathons did you run?) or else in private life (how many friends do you have, how many people value your company?). For in this view, life is over and done with the time of death. For the Romans it was desirable to gain fame that extends beyond death to gain a little “eternal life” in this way. There is a small problem here: 7 billion people can not be made world famous by us!
In the light of the hereafter, however, every human being is equally entitled to being and equally loved. Our life is a task within a long-lasting personal history. Even a modest and withdrawn life can simply have the meaning of sharing one’s love with few people. We know that our life goes on after death, not in the same world, not in the same body, not in the same sense organs, but in the same ego-consciousness. We take our memories and our knowledge, but above all love, empathy, “social competence”, and will develop them further.
The coexistence of different religions
The near-death experiences teach us that much of the hereafter looks very different from what we are taught in the respective religious tradition. This teaches us openness and tolerance for other religions and opinions.
No condemnation of others
A very important element of the near-death experience is the life review. No one is damned, no one is thrown into hell. Every human being has the opportunity to judge from a higher point of view about himself and perhaps to draw the consequences from it. This robs us of the all-too-human tendency to condemn other people for their actions or their otherness.
Responsibility for yourself
For me it is an important thought that I will once in a life review see everything, how I worked on other people. That can be very frustrating! We’re already stumbling over the slightest bad thought we’ve had, and the slightest negative impact we’ve made on others. No one has the chance to fool around here. From this arises a great responsibility for ourselves, for what we do, for how we work.